2022 two new recordings are nominated!

Two brand new recordings are out right now and both got nominated for an International Classical Music Award (ICMA)! One is the long awaited version of  Telemann’s recorder sonatas according to virtuoso Dan Laurin, where Mats Olofsson (cello) joins forces with Anna (harpsichord) in the continuo-band. See some reviews under “Recordings”! The other is for the label arcantus, in which Anna joins once again Mats, this time with brilliant recorder player Clara Guldberg Ravn and theorbist Jonas Nordberg, performing the unknown and sparkling flute sonatas by Danish composer Morten Ræs. Here Anna plays continuo on harpsichord and clavichord. Among the enthusiastic reviews, Radiotre RAI (Italian national radio) found the clavichord very interesting as a continuo-instrument (in fact one hardly ecounters it). A welcome comment from Anna’s birth-country. Viva il clavicordo!

2022 in the name of the Swedish Keyboard

2022 was Year 1 for Anna’s huge artistic project “Feminine Repertoar and home music-making in Sweden 1780-1850” which received prestigious funds from the Swedish Research Council and which rediscovers forgotten music. A conference was organized in cooperation with the Royal College of Music of Stockholm and the Royal Academy of Music of Sweden. There was also a sold-out performance at the famous theatre of Drottningholm royal castle, with Anna and an eminent artistic team: Dan Laurin (who was author of the script and who has worked on some 50 pages research work for the project), Anna Maria Friman-Henriksen (singer) and Ann Wallström (violinist). There is hardly a better venue than Drottningholm to talk about Swedish music and to perform on original Swedish keyboard-instruments such as fortepianos and clavichords from the Laurin Paradiso private collection!

March 2022: recording session with Nicolò Balducci

March is the month for recordings! Dan Laurin, musical director, Anna Paradiso, basso continuo (harpsichord), Dohyo Sol, basso continuo (lute), BAGS (Baroque Academy Gothenburg Symphony) and raising star countertenor and sopranist Nicolò Balducci join forces together with label BIS for a sparkling recording for greatest hits from the opera world. The recording is out in 2023! Anna and Dan are behind the “Swedish discovery” of this incredible singer whose career is going very fast now. After an Autumn tour during 2021, Balducci will perform with Anna and Dan at Stockholm Early Music Festival in 2022 and on a tour in Norrbotten during 2023.


2022 new appointment as harpsichord professor

There are cities and cities … UNESCO city Matera and conservatory “Egidio Romualdo Duni” is the new home for harpsichord teaching in Anna’s career during 2022. Anna is teaching harpsichord solo, basso-continuo and chamber-music. Come and join!


Dec. 2021: new appointment for a pioneering repertoire

Such glad news! Anna’s current interest for unknown Swedish keyboard repertoire composed between 1770-1860 was chosen after a huge national selection for 3 years scholarship awarded by the Swedish Research Council. Anna will be able to play and research into this wonderful music, to organize work-shops at the Royal College of Music of Stockholm, play concerts at Drottningholm castle and restore her original fortepianos and clavichords. Voices from the past need to sound through the instruments and with the technique they were thought for!
While Anna is the project leader and main musician, Dan Laurin will be her enthusiastic co-worker as one of the few other experts in the world within this field – in particular, with focus on Olof Åhlström’s world and his publications for domestic music-making during 1789-1734. More music to the people!

Tour with countertenor Nicolò Balducci

September and October 2021 are months of  intensive tours and travels (always following anti-covid measures). Follow Anna’s concerts under the link “Schedule”! Malmö, Ängelholm, Helsingborg and Skinnskatteberg are the locations for the show “Voices of the Angels – a dream on Farinelli”, with the rising star Nicolò Balducci, countertenor and sopranist, and an ensemble of international baroque musicians put together by Anna Paradiso (artistic director) and Dan Laurin (musical director). Some of the shows include even actress Isabella Amirell. Anna will also perform an unkown harpsichord concerto by the Neapolitan Domenico Auletta. The concert-hall of Gothenburg will host Nicolò, Dan and Anna, together with the Baroque Academy Gothenburg Symphony, for another exciting concert, about which you can read here: https://www.gso.se/en/programme/concerts/love-tears-and-hate/2021-09-26-18:00/. 

Musikverket, Konstnärsnämnden and Ax:son Johnson Foundation are the very precious financial contributors for “Voices of the Angels”.

750 years since Dante Alighieri’s birth

The 12th of September Anna & Dan Laurin celebrates Dante! As musicians, but also from a more literary point of view (Anna is Doctor of Philosophy in  literature and philology). Come to  Birgittakyrkan, Olshammar, in Askersund (Sweden) and join 2 concerts at 14.00 and 16.00, with Medieval Music and readings with comments from Dante’s Divine Comedy. Program: music from Codex Faenza and other medieval sources. Free admission. Book your place here: https://www.svenskakyrkan.se/askersund-hammars-forsamling/dantes-divina-commedia- 



2021 has started with some exciting news in the teaching world. First, I was honored to cover part of the position held by harpsichord teacher Mayumi Kamata at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm during Winter term 2021. This has been such a nice opportunity for me, although it came in the middle of an hectic studying period! Then a temporarily professorship in harpsichord came from the conservatory of Cagliari (Sardinia). Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, I had to give up the plan to fly there from Stockholm. As it is always the case in the Italian recruiting system, one has to sign  the contract in presence, within a couple of days. Thus I had to renounce to this beautiful job. ALAS! However, you never know what’s coming around the corner, and one shut door might mean a new open one on the next turn! 

It feels important for me to pass on my knowledge in the field of historical keyboards to the next generations! The teachers who meant a lot in my musical growth are always so present in my mind. I will never get tired to say how important it is to build solid bases on which to bild up one’s own personality and originality. Without good bases there cannot be good art. Great teachers are such a precious gift! What a blessing to pass on knowledge to other humans! What a beautiful thing! Socrates and Plato knew it already back then … And, from the point of view of a student, there is nothing bad in admitting that someone knows more than us! I agree with Maestro Socrates, after all, that “I know only one thing: that I know nothing!”. This is of course a provocative, typical Socratic statement. Inteligenti pauca. Any journey into our own way of becoming artists would benefit by thinking that ‘we know that we know nothing’. Needless to say, the Greeks had already understood one or two things about human nature!

Merry Christmas and some special thanks from Anna

Christmas is on its way even in a difficult year like this for our world. This has been a very ‘local’ year, being almost impossible to travel. More than ever I am grateful to all of those professionals ‘behind the scenes’ who have supported and helped me and other free-lancing musicians! It is in difficult times that the real nature of things and people emerge!  Hopefully, in due time, those who really are doing SOMETHING extra will be praised by every body! My fondest thoughts go to all the many big and small concert organizers in Sweden that are indeed working as much as they can for helping me and other free-lancers, with whatever means they can offer. The Swedish state, with its different institutions, has being financially supporting freelancing artists, so have done the Church of Sweden (which has made tremendous efforts to keep concerts alive whenever allowed), and all the fantastic organists who organize concerts. I deeply thank Scenkonst Sörmland and Estrad Norr. I hope your incredible commitment will be praised by many. Thanks to Musik i Kullabygden, Musik på Billingen and all those Swedish and Danish chamber-music associations that are helping in all the ways they can. It shows! Without the professional attitude of Malmö Palladium things would have gone much worse. Thanks to Christofer Ekströmer and to Baroque Academy Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Thanks to the scholars and the staff at the University of Uppsala for their superbly professional assistance. If I forgot someone, I beg your pardon! A big thank you also to the formidable members of two of my ensembles. Paradiso Musicale: you are truly precious friends, artists and music organizers! Thanks for giving hope in dark times. The Bright Future Ensemble: incredibly loyal and professional colleagues! I miss Estonia! To all the marvelous colleagues willing to play with me or sometime for me: thanks, You also make my life easier! Finally, thank you to all those professionals who took their time to write or say nice things about my recordings and myself!  

Merry Christmas!  

Anna in the top-list 2020 of OPUS, magazine for classical music and opera

Anna is honored and thankful to have been included by the Swedish prestigious magazine ‘OPUS’ in the top list of  this year (‘Opuslistan 2020’) that acknowledges the 20 artists, musicians, composers, administrators and people behind the scenes in the musical world who have been engaged and ‘who have given hope in the middle of a tensed coexistence with a pandemic’. See full explanation for Anna’s inclusion under RECORDINGS!  



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